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Local Lesson Connect with your joy and your values. Know this land, your home. Build community. Meet practical needs.

Welcome to Eagle Bluff Skills School At Eagle Bluff Skills School participants learn new skills for sustainable living. Classes immerse learners in unique experiences and local ecoscapes. The Eagle Bluff Skills School was created in the spirit of other folk type schools. Eagle Bluff, known for its exceptional learning opportunities for kids, wanted to provide similar opportunities for adult learners by creating a skills school. Our hope is participants develop a greater sense of place as they explore our region and gain a better understanding of the uniqueness of Southeastern Minnesota. 2

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28097 Goodview Drive Lanesboro, Minnesota 55949 888.800.9558 (MN, WI or IA) or 507.467.2437 skillsschool@eagle-bluff.org To register for a class, connect with us, or receive more copies of this catalog call 507.467.2437 or e-mail skillsschool@ eagle-bluff.org

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As the Skills School continues to grow, we look forward to having an even larger impact on our participants, instructors and community.

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Founded in 1978, Eagle Bluff is a private, non-profit residential environmental learning center providing accredited education programs & outdoor adventures in the scenic bluff country near Lanesboro, Minnesota. Through a variety of programs for children and adults, we provide transformative experiences which empower people to care for the earth and each other.

COVER PHOTO: A participant in a Mosaic Basics Skills School class, creating her first ever mosaic of the family barn. Learn more about this class on page 8. AT LEFT: A participant braiding a rug made out of recycled blue jeans. Join us for the Up Cycle Blue Jean Rug class this winter, more information on page 17.

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hands on! Class Listing

RAKU FIRING

AMISH EXPERIENCE: PICKLING DEMONSTRATION

SEPTEMBER 7; 9AM-12:30PM

SEPTEMBER 5; 8:30AM-12NOON

MARCH 29; 1PM-4:30PM

Amish Instructor Ever wondered what it would be like to live without electricity and modern appliances? Join us to learn about pickling from an Amish family. This is an opportunity to visit an Amish home and learn to pickle a variety of vegetables. You will also get to take home a few jars of pickled snacks for yourself! Not only will you learn a new skill, you will also create many memories. Participants will need to bring 6 pint canning jars with lids to the class. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the Amish home. Note: The Amish do not allow photos to be taken or names to be published. Travel time is included at beginning and end of class. CLASS FEE: $45 MATERIALS FEE: $5

MARCH 24; 9AM-12:30PM

Laremy Ellsworth Raku firing is an exciting ceramics firing technique. It involves quickly heating a piece of pottery, removing it from the kiln when the glaze has melted and placing it in a bucket of wood shavings which can be explosive! Ceramic artist, Laremy Ellsworth, will cover the process of Raku firing from preparing the piece for glazing to cleaning it after the firing. You will also cover glazes and how the different glazes, put through this process, result in different effects and the creation of unique pieces. You will leave class with your unique work of art. After participating in this class you are sure to understand why Raku translates to ‘enjoyment’. CLASS FEE: $30 MATERIALS FEE: $20 for clay pot and glaze.

AMISH EXPERIENCE: BREAD MAKING DEMONSTRATION SEPTEMBER 15, NOVEMBER 4 & 7, JANUARY 27, MARCH 14 & 24 ; 8:30AM-12NOON OCTOBER 6, 12 & 25 DECEMBER 1, 5, 16 & 20 FEBRUARY 1, 17, 21 & 27; 9AM-12:30PM NOVEMBER 18 & JANUARY 20; 12:30PM-4PM Amish Instructor Ever wondered what it would be like to live without electricity and modern appliances? This is an opportunity to visit an Amish home, get to know your hostess and learn how to bake bread in a wood fired stove. After the bread is baked and the butter made, you will enjoy the freshly made bread and butter with a warm beverage. Take home a loaf of fresh baked bread and get to know our local Amish community. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the Amish home. Note: The Amish do not allow photos to be taken or names to be published. Travel time is included at beginning and end of class. CLASS FEE: $45 MATERIALS FEE: $5 for bread making supplies.

Join our Instructor Community! We are always looking for instructors who enjoy creating hands-on learning experiences for adults. To connect, e-mail us at skillsschool@eagle-bluff.org.

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> Building resilient lives and communities one class at a time SEPTEMBER 15; 9AM-12NOON Jenna Moon JANUARY 13; 1:30PM-4:30PM Colleen Foehrenbacher Would you like to be able to find your way around the woods using only a map and a compass? Reading a topographic map, understanding contour lines, and utilizing compass skills will be essential skills taught in this class. After plenty of inside practice, you’ll be challenged to navigate your way around the woods of Eagle Bluff to locate control points. No experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided. This is a great opportunity to learn a new skill, get some exercise and have fun! CLASS FEE: $35

WISCONSIN CHEDDAR CHEESE CURDS SEPTEMBER 15; 9AM-12:30PM JANUARY 12; 9AM-12:30PM FEBRUARY 10; 9AM-12:30PM MARCH 10; 9AM-12:30PM Dave Sefton By taking this class, you will learn how to amaze your friends & family by serving squeaky fresh Wisconsin Cheese Curds. You will also learn how to press the curds into a solid form that can be eaten fresh or aged for that “Sharp Cheddar” flavor. Come with questions and leave with knowledge and tasty cheese! The instructor greatly encourages questions and comments.

AMISH EXPERIENCE: HOMEMADE NOODLES DEMONSTRATION

AMISH EXPERIENCE: PIE MAKING DEMONSTRATION

SEPTEMBER 15; 12:30PM-4PM

SEPTEMBER 16; 8:30AM-12NOON

NOVEMBER 7; 12:30PM-4PM

NOVEMBER 18; 8:30AM-12NOON

JANUARY 20; 8:30AM-12NOON

JANUARY 17; 8:30AM-12NOON

JANUARY 27; 12:30PM-4PM

MARCH 10; 12:30PM-4PM

MARCH 24; 12:30PM-4PM Amish Instructor

MARCH 14; 12:30PM-4PM Amish Instructor

Ever wanted to learn how to make your own pasta? Do you look at your boxed store bought noodles and think “How are these made?” Well here is your chance to learn pasta making skills from an Amish cook! This is an opportunity to visit an Amish home, get to know your hostess and learn how to make your very own pasta noodles. Take home a bag of freshly made noodles and get to know our local Amish community. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the Amish home.

Are you a pie lover? If so, then join us and learn the ‘how to’s’ from an experienced Amish baker. Your Amish instructor will expertly whip up several types of pies from scratch. Learn about using a wood stove and sample the results with coffee. Not only will you gain insight into the Amish lifestyle, you’ll create a warm and tasty memory. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to the Amish home.

Note: The Amish do not allow photos to be taken or names to be published. Travel time is included at beginning and end of class. CLASS FEE: $45

Note: The Amish do not allow photos to be taken or names to be published. Travel time is included at beginning and end of class. CLASS FEE: $45 MATERIALS FEE: $10 for your take home pie.

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CLASSES continued SEPTEMBER 16; 9AM-5PM

SEPTEMBER 16; 9AM-12NOON Eric Schladweiler

SEPTEMBER 17; 9AM-5PM Bob McNeely

SEPTEMBER 16; 1PM-4PM Christina Wood

Join Gunsmith and Firearms Safety Instructor, Eric Schladweiler, for a morning full of firearms! During class you will cover cleaning and disassembly of your firearm(s). This will include how to safely clean, maintain and inspect your firearm(s) for malfunctions. Eric strongly believes

Learn how to build a twig coffee, end or sofa table with a barnboard top. Or, choose to build a slab garden bench using red oak logs, or a whimsical twig straight back chair with a barnboard seat. The wood for the furniture will be provided. Bring along a friend to learn and to help you with your project (helper).

This experiential class will incorporate stress management, self-care, and wellness techniques while integrating live music. You will have an opportunity to explore a variety of instruments by listening to and/or playing them. A board-certified music therapist will lead you in music-assistedrelaxation exercises that incorporate mindfulness techniques, such as diaphragmatic breathing, guided imagery, and passive muscle relaxation. No previous music experience is necessary.

in firearm safety and wants to teach others to be safe. If you are interested in this class but do not have a firearm, Eric will have a few personal firearms available to work with. Cleaning supplies will be provided, but you are more than welcome to bring your own as well. Please bring safety glasses to class, prescription glasses work too. Note: Firearms must be cased and unloaded. No ammunition is allowed in the building. Due to safety and/ or complexity, the following firearms will not be covered during class – revolvers, Hi-Point, Winchester 100, lever action or break action. CLASS FEE: $30 MATERIALS FEE: $15

TWIG FURNITURE

MUSIC FOR WELLNESS

FIREARM MAINTENANCE

CLASS FEE: $140/student & $35/helper

BENT WILLOW CHAIR SEPTEMBER 16-17; TWO DAY WORKSHOP SEPTEMBER 16 - 9AM-5PM SEPTEMBER 17 – 9AM-4PM Bob McNeely On your first day, you will build the hardwood frame for your chair. On the second day, you will learn how to create the flowing lines of a bent willow chair using sand bar willow. No experience necessary. Bring along a friend to share the experience and to help you build your chair (helper). CLASS FEE: $260/student and $60/ helper

CLASS FEE: $40 MATERIALS FEE: $5

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Give the gift of a Skills School Class For family members or friends, a Skills School class makes the perfect gift. Contact us at skillsschool@eagle-bluff.org or by phone (507)467-2437 and we will complete the registration process with you. Print out the confirmation email along with the ticket, wrap it with a bow and give the priceless gift of learning.

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MINDFUL MALA WORKSHOP

FOSSIL HUNTING IN FILLMORE COUNTY

THE ART OF CHEESE MAKING

SEPTEMBER 17; 9AM-12NOON Amanda Griggs & Kim Hammer

SEPTEMBER 17; 9AM-2PM

OCTOBER 6; 9AM-12:30PM

SEPTEMBER 28; 12:30PM-5:30PM Beverly Sandlin

NOVEMBER 4; 9AM-12:30PM

Yoga tradition is rich with practices to help you deepen your embodied experience and navigate challenges of everyday life. One such practice is the use of mala beads, a string of beads that has been traditionally used for meditation. This workshop incorporates movement, breath, mantra, meditation and the creation of a 27-bead wrist mala. We’ll start with a mindful, breath based, movement to help us cultivate some clarity, focus, and relaxation. Next we’ll discuss mantra repetition as one meditation technique and how to incorporate a mala into this practice. You’ll then create your own wrist mala by selecting from several “bead kits” personally created using semiprecious stones. You’ll be taught the symbolism of the mala and guided in making your own. And to finish up, you’ll be led in using your wrist mala in meditation and mantras helping to center, support, and steady your path to a more balanced life. CLASS FEE: $40 MATERIALS FEE: $20 for wrist mala

INTRO TO DUTCH OVEN COOKING SEPTEMBER 17; 10AM-4:30PM Dave Gaunky Get ready for a day of cooking food outdoors, in cast iron Dutch ovens. During class you will cover topics, such as: equipment, fire management, cooking technique, recipes, and proper cast iron care. Lunch will be whatever we cook! This class is about sharing and having fun. Bring an appetite and a whopper of a campfire story. CLASS FEE: $45 MATERIALS FEE: $20 for groceries

Collect fossils older than dinosaurs! At Whispering Winds, Spring Valley, you will tour fossil collections of ancient sea creatures including Gastropods, Cephalopods, Trilobites, Fisherites, Bryozoans and Brachiopods. Then travel to 2-3 sites to hunt, all within 7 miles of Spring Valley, and collect your own fossilsguaranteed! Bring a bag for carrying your fossils. If you bring a hammer, you must have eye protection. There is always the chance that you could find ice-aged fossils, Native American artifacts, cold water agates, and geodes. All ages welcome! Note: Travel time is included in the noted time above. For classes with at least 4 participants, the class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to Whispering Winds. After the September 17th class participants are welcome to return to Whispering Winds to prepare fossils (self-driven). **Schedule a private fossil hunt, tailored to you. For 1 to 10 individuals. Perfect for individuals trying to grow their collection, birthday parties, completion of Boy and Girl Scout Badges, or just a fun day out! CLASS FEE: 6 and under – free / 7-12 - $20 / 13 and older - $40 OPTIONAL FEE: $ 5 for a laminated fossil site map, several different site maps are available. Cash payable to instructor at class.

DECEMBER 15; 9AM-12:30PM Dave Sefton Join award winning cheese maker, Dave Sefton, for a morning of cheese creation. In this 3 ½ hour class, you will learn the art of cheese making and help in cooking up 3 kinds of cheese, including a farmer’s cheese, a soft cheese and Colby/Monterey Jack. Take your newly learned skills home to create these wonderful and tasty creations on your stove top. All ingredients will be provided along with suggestions and guidelines as to when you should get ingredients for your future cheese making endeavors. CLASS FEE: $40 MATERIALS FEE: $5

INTRODUCTION TO SPEY CASTING OCTOBER 7; 10AM-12NOON Steve Sobieniak Join Steve Sobieniak, owner of the Root River Rod Co. a fly-fishing outfitter located in downtown Lanesboro, as he teaches you the basics of spey casting. Steve will have rods available for you to learn and practice the techniques on. You will leave with an understanding of the advantages of being able to spey cast both single and double handed fly rods. Note: Be prepared to wade into the Root River to practice your casting. Waders will be available for you to borrow. Feel free to bring your own gear to class. CLASS FEE: $25

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CLASSES continued HAND TIED CORN BROOMS

OCTOBER 7-8

OCTOBER 7; 9AM-12:30PM

JANUARY 27-28

TURNED CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS FOR BEGINNERS

Chris Nibbe

TWO DAY WORKSHOP

OCTOBER 7-8

Join self-taught broom artist, Chris Nibbe for a half-day full of broom making! You will be introduced to the history of broom making and how to grow and harvest your own broomcorn. During class you will create your very own handmade brooms. Using simple tools and methods, you’ll make brooms with modern twine and unprocessed broomcorn. This is a hands-on class you won’t want to miss.

DAY 1 - 9AM-5PM

NOVEMBER 18-19

DAY 2 – 11AM-4PM

TWO DAY WORKSHOP

Debra D’Souza

9AM-5PM BOTH DAYS Duane Hill

CLASS FEE: $50 MATERIALS FEE: $20 for broomcorn and twine. Additional supplies for future broom making will be available for purchase directly from instructor at class.

BASKET WEAVING OCTOBER 7; 9AM-4PM Pug Murphy Everyone needs a good bread basket! What could be more impressive to your family and friends, than if you made this basket yourself?! Artist, Pug Murphy will teach you to make a round bread basket in just one day. CLASS FEE: $40 MATERIALS FEE: $5

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MOSAIC BASICS

In this two-day workshop, you will create your very own stained glass mosaic! No prior art experience necessary, just the openness to learn and have fun. We will discuss basic history, techniques and materials traditionally used for mosaics. You will learn about tools, substrates, adhesives, cutting and working with stained glass, grouting and finishing options. You will come away with the basic knowledge to move forward on your new mosaic adventure. Your individual mosaic project will measure 8”x8”. Note: Class size is limited to 10. If bringing your own image, please try to bring one that is as close to 8” x 8” as possible. CLASS FEE: $125 MATERIALS FEE: $25 for tools and materials used to create your mosaic.

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Learn how to turn Christmas ornaments. Examples of ornament designs that may be turned during class include a snowman icicle, an old fashion Christmas light bulb, a small Christmas tree and a small candle. We will also work on a Christmas icicle. These ornaments will be using spindle turning tools, specifically skew, spindle gouge and parting tool. You are encouraged to bring your own tools, if you have them. Wood will be supplied, but you may bring your own if you so desire. The best wood for these ornaments are 1” diameter wooden dowels cut to 8-12” long. Wood should be dried. Note: Class size is limited to 6. All class participants will need a full face shield. CLASS FEE: $125

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INTRODUCTION TO WEAVING

CLAY HAND BUILDING: COILS

EXPERIENCING ANIMAL FIBERS

OCTOBER 21; 10AM-4PM Nancy Ellison

OCTOBER 20; 1PM-4:30PM

OCTOBER 21; 9AM-4:30PM Tori Tecken

If you have wondered about frame looms, inkle looms, rigid heddle looms, tapestry looms, 4 harness looms and others, this is your chance to try them out. Try your hand at weaving with these various types of looms and leave with samples of different weaves that can be used as bookmarks or mug rugs. If you have a portable loom you may bring it to class if you wish. Note: Yarn will be provided. CLASS FEE: $75 MATERIALS FEE: $10 for yarn. Looms and other supplies for future weaving projects will be available for purchase directly from the instructor at class.

BEGINNING NALBINDING OCTOBER 8; 9AM-5PM Laura Demuth Using a simple needle and wool yarn, nalbinding is a method of making fabric from loops of yarn. Nalbinding, also known as needle looping or knotless netting, is found worldwide and dates back to the early Bronze or Iron Age cultures. In this class you will be introduced to the nalbinding technique and make a neck warmer using wool yarn.

DECEMBER 2; 9AM-12:30PM JANUARY 28; 9AM-12:30PM Laremy Ellsworth Have you been looking for an introduction to pottery? Than this clay hand-building class is for you! You will be taught how to make clay pots using the coil method. Instructor and artist Laremy Ellsworth will demonstrate coil making and pot assembly. Get hands-on and messy as you create your very own coil pot. The various tools of this art and what they are used for will also be covered in class. Note: You may take your pot home at the end of class and find a place to fire it for you, or Laremy will take it home to be fired (no additional cost) and then arrange a time for pick up. If you would like your final product glazed, it will be an additional $10 materials fee, payable to instructor at class. Pots take about 1 week to dry, 2 weeks to fire and additional time if glazed. CLASS FEE: $30

CLASS FEE: $25

Blue Face Leicester, Merino, Gotland, Huacaya - if you don’t know what these words mean, you will after this class! Get ready to learn all about animal fibers. We’ll spend the morning talking about what animals grow the fibers, how the fibers are processed, and what we do with them. You’ll be able to touch and see fiber samples from several different animals including sheep, alpacas, and angora rabbits, all spun and processed by Tori. The afternoon will be spent on a field trip to Rockie Top Acres, where you’ll get a handson experience with the local family farm’s alpacas CLASS FEE: $75 MATERIALS FEE: $10

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MATERIALS FEE: $10 for clay used

MATERIALS FEE: $10

Schedule a private group class! Schedule your private group class today. Private classes are perfect for a family reunion, staff retreat, or a fun day out. To learn more, inquire at 507.467.2437 or e-mail us at skillsschool@eagle-bluff.org. 9


21 | Experiencing Animal Fibers - pg. 9 21 | The Fine Art of Oil Painting - pg. 12 21 | Introduction to Weaving - pg. 9 21-22 | Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Workshop - pg. 12 25 | Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration - pg. 4

SEPTEMBER 5 | Amish Experience: Pickling Demonstration - pg. 4 7 | Raku Firing - pg. 4 15 | Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration - pg. 4 15 | Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese Curds - pg. 5 15 | Orienteering - pg. 5 15 | Amish Experience: Homemade Noodles Demonstration - pg. 5 16 | Twig Furniture - pg. 6 16 | Amish Experience: Pie Making Demonstration - pg. 5 16 | Firearm Maintenance - pg. 6 16 | Music for Wellness - pg. 6 16-17 | Bent Willow Chair - pg. 6 17 | Mindful Mala Workshop - pg. 7 17 | Twig Furniture - pg. 6 17 | Intro to Dutch Oven Cooking - pg. 7 17 | Fossil Hunting in Filmore County - pg. 7 28 | Fossil Hunting in Filmore County - pg. 7

October 6 | Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration - pg. 4 6 | The Art of Cheese Making - pg. 7 7 | Basket Weaving - pg. 8 7 | Introduction to Spey Casting - pg. 7 7 | Hand Tied Corn Brooms - pg. 8 7-8 | Turned Christmas Ornaments for Beginners - pg. 8 7-8 | Mosaic Basics - pg. 8 8 | Beginning Nalbinding - pg. 9 12 | Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration - pg. 4 20 | Clay Hand-Building: Coils - pg. 9

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November 4 | Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration - pg. 4 4 | The Art of Cheese Making - pg. 7 4 | Clay Hand-Building: Slabs - pg. 13 4 | Transformational Sound Experience - pg. 12 7 | Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration - pg. 4 7 | Amish Experience: Homemade Noodles Demonstration - pg. 5 18 | Hand Tied House Broom - pg. 12 18 | Amish Experience: Pie Making Demonstration - pg. 5 18 | Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration - pg. 4 18 | Glass Bead Creation - pg. 13 18-19 | Turned Christmas Ornaments for Beginners - pg. 8

18-19 | Advanced Mosaics Workshop - pg. 13

december 1 | Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration - pg. 4 2 | Clay Hand-Building: Coils - pg. 9 2 | Hide Tanning - pg. 13 2 | Sourdough Bread Baking - pg. 14 2 | Winter Wreath Workshop - pg. 15 2-3 | Turning Intermediate Christmas Ornaments - pg. 14 2-3 | Holiday Themed Glass Bloc Mosaics - pg. 14 3 | Archery - pg. 15 3 | Taxidermy 101 - pg. 14

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5 | Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration - pg. 4 15 | The Art of Cheese Making - pg. 7 16 | Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration - pg. 4

Early Bird Registration We offer a discounted “early-bird” rate for those who register more than three weeks before a class begins (class fee listed in this catalog) and a “regular” rate (a $5 increase from listed prices) for those who register within three weeks of the class’s start date.

16 | Glass Bead Creation - pg. 13 20 | Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration - pg. 4

January 13 | The Fine Art of Oil Painting - pg. 12 13 | Mindfulness for Life - pg. 15 13 | Rock Climbing - pg. 15 13 | Orienteering - pg. 5 13-14 | Woodbowl Turning Workshop - pg. 15 14 | Clay Hand-Building: Slabs - pg. 13 17 | Amish Experience: Pie Making Demonstration - pg. 5 20 | Amish Experience: Homemade Noodles Demonstration - pg. 5 20 | Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration - pg. 4 27 | Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration - pg. 4 27 | Amish Experience: Homemade Noodles Demonstration - pg. 5 27-28 | Mosaic Basics - pg. 8 28 | Clay Hand-Building: Coils - pg. 9

february 1 | Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration - pg. 4 10 | Ayurveda Daily Self Care: Part 1 - pg. 16 10 | So You Want to be a Beekeeper? - pg. 16 10 | Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese Curds - pg. 5 10-11 | Sculptural Valentine Heart: Mosaic Theme Workshop - pg. 16 11 | Ayurveda Daily Self Care: Part 2 - pg. 16 11 | Glass Bead Creation - pg. 13 16 | Taxidermy 101 - pg. 14

16 | Cross Country Skiing - pg. 16 16 | Clay Hand-Building: Slabs - pg. 13 17 | Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration - pg. 4 17 | Up Cycle Blue Jean Rug - pg. 17 17 | Beer Brewing Basics - pg. 17 21 | Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration - pg. 4 27 | Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration - pg. 4

MARCH 10 | Energy Body Unique Connection - pg. 17 10 | Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese Curds - pg. 5 10 | Amish Experience: Pie Making Demonstration - pg. 5 10 | Transformational Sound Experience - pg. 12 10-11| Turning Natural Edge Bowls and Platters Workshop - pg. 17 14| Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration - pg. 4 14| Amish Experience: Pie Making Demonstration - pg. 5 24| Amish Experience: Bread Making Demonstration - pg. 4 24| Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation - pg. 17 24| Raku Firing - pg. 4 24| Amish Experience: Homemade Noodles Demonstration - pg. 5 24-25| Advanced Mosaics Workshop - pg. 13 29 | Raku Firing - pg. 4

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CLASSES continued SINGER/ SONGWRITER WORKSHOP OCTOBER 21-22 TWO DAY WORKSHOP 9AM-5PM BOTH DAYS Steven J. Schmidt Join us for a hands-on, 2 day workshop for singer/songwriters. You will begin class with a ‘song circle’ where you will perform a recent composition or two. Instructor and artist Steven will outline his creative process including the tools and resources he employs and guitar playing techniques. You will be given a songwriting assignment and time to work on it during class. Steven will be available to provide encouragement and coaching as you work. On the second day, you will end the workshop with a second song circle where you will play your newly composed song(s) for the group. This class is designed for songwriters of all levels, novice to experienced, this is an opportunity to develop and hone your craft. Note: Students must be funtional guitar players. This class is not a beginning guitar lesson. Class size is limited to 10. The class is designed for acoustic string instruments (guitars, banjos, etc.), rock ‘n roll artists welcome (no amps). Registration fee covers admission to Steven’s concert Saturday evening at 8pm. An additional ticket can be purchased for the concert at a discounted price (one guest per class participant), please call to purchase these tickets. CLASS FEE: $125

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THE FINE ART OF OIL PAINTING OCTOBER 21; 9:30AM-4PM JANUARY 13; 9:30AM-4PM Joan Finnegan You will find this a great opportunity to take your painting to the next level. Working with Joni will allow you to get the personal help you need with your art. Focus on developing your own artistic vision, or getting you past any painter’s block you may be experiencing. The subject focus of this class is life like landscapes. This class is designed for painters of all levels, whether you are new to oil painting or an advanced painter wanting to brush up on your techniques. Note: Class will be held outdoors if weather allows. CLASS FEE: $50 MATERIALS FEE: You will need to bring your own supplies. Please email for the complete list of supplies needed.

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TRANSFORMATIONAL SOUND EXPERIENCE NOVEMBER 4; 1PM-5PM MARCH 10; 1PM-5PM Rahbi Crawford Enjoy and partake in a transformational music concert. Crystal Bowls and acoustic instruments that resonate with the body and its energy systems are combined to create relaxation, stillness, energy flow, and awareness to the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of our being. No effort is needed, just the opportunity to quiet the mind and open the heart. This allows for greater brain wave activity to reprogram past injuries and bring healing to the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of our being. Leave this experience relaxed and rejuvenated. CLASS FEE: $40 MATERIALS FEE: $5 for CD - payable to instructor at class.

HAND TIED HOUSE BROOM NOVEMBER 18; 9AM-12:30PM Chris Nibbe A prerequisite for this class is Hand Tied Corn Brooms (pg 8). Using the lessons taught in the Hand Tied Corn Brooms class, you will build a broom to handle daily sweeping duties. You will leave with a large, rustic, and completely usable house broom. The broom may be on a manufactured straight stick, or on a (seasoned natural) stick that you bring in. CLASS FEE: $50 MATERIALS FEE: $20 for broomcorn and twine. Additional supplies for future broom making will be available for purchase directly from instructor at class.


CLAY HANDBUILDING: SLABS

ADVANCED MOSAICS WORKSHOP

NOVEMBER 4; 9AM-12:30PM

NOVEMBER 18-19

JANUARY 14; 1PM-4:30PM

MARCH 24-25

FEBRUARY 16; 1PM-4:30PM Laremy Ellsworth

TWO DAY WORKSHOP DAY 1 - 9AM-5PM

Hand-building slabs of clay is an exciting way to create shapes that could never be produced using a potter’s wheel or that would be difficult to create with coiling. Instructor and artist Laremy Ellsworth will lead you through the process of slab hand-building and teach you the tricks of the trade. You will be creating a unique hand-built slab pot of your design.

DAY 2 - 11AM-4PM Debra D’Souza

Note: You may take your pot home at the end of class and find a place to fire it for you, or Laremy will take it home to be fired (no additional cost) and then arrange a time for pick up. If you would like your final product glazed, it will be an additional $10 materials fee, payable to instructor at class. Pots take about 1 week to dry, 2 weeks to fire and additional time if glazed. CLASS FEE: $30 MATERIALS FEE: $10 for clay used

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In this two-day workshop we will explore more advanced mosaic techniques, materials and ideas. Delving into Andamento (the LINE), which is king in the advanced mosaic teachings. Concepts of color theory and mosaic history will be covered. You will be asked to bring an idea/plan for a larger mosaic project, which we will discuss prior to the workshop. It could be something for your outdoor garden, a piece of furniture or an image you want to work on for your home. The workshop will give you a start towards completing a larger piece that you will be proud to own and share. Some possible project ideas ... mailbox, house number, birdhouse, gazing ball, etc. Two weeks prior to the workshop Deb will contact you to discuss your project and both of you can be prepared to make the most of your workshop time together. Note: A suggested prerequisite for this class is the Mosaic Basics class. Class size is limited to 8. Please bring your design idea, suitable substrate, an open mind and a BIG Smile! Warning: Mosaic Art may be addictive; your life will not be the same!

GLASS BEAD CREATION NOVEMBER 18; 1PM-4:30PM DECEMBER 16; 1PM-4:30PM FEBRUARY 11; 1PM-4:30PM Laremy Ellsworth The art of bead making is one that has been around for thousands of years. Join in this fun history by learning how to create your very own glass beads. How to make glass beads will be demonstrated. Bead designs, colors, tools and safety will be covered. By the end of class you will have 1-2 glass beads that you created! Note: You will need to bring a pair of non-polarized sunglasses for eye protection. CLASS FEE: $30 MATERIALS FEE: $15

HIDE TANNING DECEMBER 2; 1:30PM-4:30PM Colleen Foehrenbacher While the process of tanning a hide takes longer than a few hours, participants in this introductory class will get to see hides in the different stages of tanning in order to understand the whole process. This is a hands-on learning experience which will involve skinning and fleshing a mammal, applying a chemical tanning agent, and breaking a hide. Note: Class size is limited to 6.

CLASS FEE: $195 MATERIALS FEE: $35 for tools and materials used to create your mosaic project.

CLASS FEE: $40 MATERIALS FEE: $8

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CLASSES continued TURNING INTERMEDIATE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS DECEMBER 2-3 TWO DAY WORKSHOP DECEMBER 2 - 9AM-5PM DECEMBER 3 - 9AM-3PM Duane Hill Learn how to turn a hollow globe Christmas ornaments complete with finial and icicle. You will learn to hollow a small globe to be used for the ornament. These ornaments will be using spindle turning tools, specifically skew, spindle gouge, parting tool and small hollowing tools. You are encouraged to bring your own tools, if you have them. Wood will be supplied, but you may bring your own if you so desire. The best wood for these ornaments are 1” diameter wooden dowels cut to 6-8” for the finial and icicle. Small square blocks 2-3” wide and 3” long will be used for the globes. Wood should be dried. Note: A suggested prerequisite for this class is Beginning Turned Christmas Ornaments. All class participants will need a full face shield. CLASS FEE: $125

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HOLIDAY THEMED GLASS BLOC MOSAICS DECEMBER 2-3 TWO DAY WORKSHOP DECEMBER 2 - 9AM-5PM DECEMBER 3 - 11AM-4PM Debra D’Souza In this two-day workshop we will be working on a fun project using special materials to create a holiday theme glass on Glass Bloc. These Blocs can be used as a vase centerpiece or be lit from within for a beautiful stained glass effect. The process will be explained at the beginning of class with a brief power point as well as a handout for later reference. In addition, we will explore a few advanced mosaic techniques, materials and ideas. You are asked to bring a simple idea/ design, consisting of (2) designs approximately 8x8 inches. These “cartoons” should be simple, like you would find in a child’s coloring book. There will be several options available the day of class. Note: Class size is limited to 10. Please bring your (2) designs, approximately 8x8 inches, an open mind and a BIG smile! Warning: Mosaic Art may be addictive; your life will not be the same! CLASS FEE: $165 MATERIALS FEE: $35 for use of tools, Glass Blocs, assorted glass, adhesives, and grout.

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SOURDOUGH BREAD BAKING DECEMBER 2; 1:30PM-4:30PM Laura Poe There is a special joy when you take a delicious loaf of sourdough bread out of the oven. Sourdough bread is not only a healthy option, but has a wonderful flavor, and knowing how to make it is a great skill to have. In this course, you will learn to make naturally-leavened bread using traditional methods, which you can translate to your home oven to nourish yourself and your family. CLASS FEE: $45 MATERIALS FEE: $15

TAXIDERMY 101 DECEMBER 3; 1:30PM-4:30PM FEBRUARY 16; 9AM-12NOON Colleen Foehrenbacher Preparing, stuffing and mounting skins of animals is an ancient art form. In this introduction to the craft you’ll learn basic techniques. After a brief introduction, you’ll prepare a mouse rug or stuffed mouse in an action setting you choose. All equipment and materials are provided, and you get to keep your mouse! Don’t be squeamish; most people find the process far less gruesome than they thought. CLASS FEE: $40 MATERIALS FEE: $5


WINTER WREATH WORKSHOP DECEMBER 2; 1PM-4PM Sarah Fillius Handcraft your own festive winter wreath using floral wire and sustainably-harvested Eagle Bluff White Pine, White Spruce, Eastern Red Cedar, and grapevine! Enjoy learning about Minnesota’s native conifers while making a vibrant, fragrant, and beautiful outdoor wreath that will bring joy to your home for months! Learn how to make a decorative bow and re-use the grapevine base for allseason wreath traditions. Please bring your own garden gloves and handheld pruners if you have them. All materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own favorite winter flair if you want to decorate with more than what nature provides and a bow CLASS FEE: $25 MATERIALS FEE: $10

ARCHERY DECEMBER 3; 9AM-12NOON Colleen Foehrenbacher Range Open! In this beginner class, you will learn the safety and proper form to shoot both recurve and compound bows. Hands-on target practice and a variety of games will round out this class. Indoor and outdoor ranges will be utilized depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. CLASS FEE: $35

ROCK CLIMBING JANUARY 13; 9AM-12NOON Colleen Foehrenbacher Learn the fundamentals of rock climbing as you work to reach your climbing goals on our 30 foot-high, indoor wall with routes to suite every level of climber. You will also learn how to control the climbing rope (belay) then act as belayers for each other. No prior experience required and all equipment will be provided. CLASS FEE: $35

MINDFULNESS FOR LIFE JANUARY 13; 8AM-5PM Sue Betts This one day Mindfulness class will help you learn how to achieve one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. We will be exploring the state of being non-judgmental toward ourselves and others as it is happening. Mindfulness is about waking up from a life on automatic, and being sensitive to our everyday experiences.

WOOD BOWL TURNING WORKSHOP JANUARY 13-14 TWO DAY WORKSHOP JANUARY 13 - 8:30AM-5:30PM JANUARY 14 - 8AM-5PM Duane Hill Join instructor Duane Hill, accomplished wood turner for this two day, hands-on workshop. Learn the ins and outs of wood turning and spend the weekend working your way up to turning your very own wood bowls. Saturday will serve as an introduction to the art of wood turning and you will be introduced to the lathe and tools. Topics covered will include tool safety and sharpening, wood selection, and basic rounding wood safety. Sunday will be spent on the lathes, practicing and then turning your wood bowl(s). You will have the opportunity to turn 1-2 bowls. Bowl design will be covered. Note: Wood will be provided, but you are more than welcome to bring you own bowl blanks (6-8” diameter and about 3-4” thick). Wood can be wet or dry. CLASS FEE: $100

CLASS FEE: $75 MATERIALS FEE: $15

Check out our Summer Camps! Our camps are a great place for your kids or grandkids to learn new skills and make new friends too! Eagle Bluff summer camps provide safe, fun, outdoor experiences for youth entering grades 3rd - 11th. Sessions fill fast, so click the summer camps button on our website at www.eagle-bluff.org for more camp info. 15


CLASSES continued AYURVEDA DAILY SELF CARE: PART 1 FEBRUARY 10; 8AM-5PM Sue Betts Ayurveda is called “The Science of Life”. This one day introductory class will teach you the concept of the doshas of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. We will review the qualities they represent as well as the logic behind the elemental of Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. You will identify your own unique constitution and how to balance your body through daily self-care techniques as diet, lifestyle, simple yoga movements and meditation. Ayurveda enables you to understand how to create this balance of body, mind and consciousness as one. CLASS FEE: $75 MATERIALS FEE: $25

SO YOU WANT TO BE A BEEKEEPER? FEBRUARY 10; 9AM-4:30PM The Bee Shed (Chris Schad) What’s all the buzz about? Join this in-depth beekeeping class to find out! You’ll get an extensive look at what it means to be a beekeeper through a presentation and hands-on learning. You’ll have an opportunity to work with hives (minus the bees). The first half of the day will cover beekeeping terminology, biology of bees, pests and diseases, and beekeeping equipment. The second half of the day will include buying bees, hive and pest management, winter preparation, extracting honey, and working with beekeeping equipment. At the end of this class you will have a better understanding of what it takes to be an effective beekeeper.

SCULPTURAL VALENTINE HEART: MOSAIC THEME WORKSHOP FEBRUARY 10-11 TWO DAY WORKSHOP FEBRUARY 10 - 9AM-5PM FEBRUARY 11 - 11AM-4PM Debra D’Souza In this two-day workshop we will be working on a fun project using special materials to create 3D Valentine Hearts. These hearts can be used as a centerpiece or hung from a ribbon. We will explore a few advanced mosaic techniques, materials and ideas. You are asked to bring a simple idea/design, consisting of (2) designs approximately 6x6 inches. These “cartoons” should be simple, like you would find in a child’s coloring book. There will be several options available the day of class. Note: Class size is limited to 10. Please bring your (2) designs, approximately 6x6 inches, an open mind and a BIG smile! Warning: Mosaic Art may be addictive; your life will not be the same! CLASS FEE: $165 MATERIALS FEE: $35 for use of tools, materials for the substrates, assorted glass, adhesives, grout, and display options.

CLASS FEE: $55

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AYURVEDA DAILY SELF CARE: PART 2 FEBRUARY 11; 8AM-5PM Sue Betts A prerequisite for this class is Ayurveda Daily Self-Care Part 1 (If you took Ayurveda Daily Self-Care in 2016 it will qualify you for Part 2) In this workshop we will expand and learn the importance of self-care routines. “Dinacharga” is the word we use in Ayurveda for a collection of self-care routines one practices daily/weekly to return to and maintain proper balance in the mind and body. We will create a routine for your balance that will include: tongue scraping, abhyanga selfmassage with herbal oils, nasya, oil pulling, aromatherapy, and creating herbal teas with appropriate spices, rituals, meditation and diet-exercise. Note: Lunch is provided. CLASS FEE: $75 MATERIALS FEE: $30 includes food

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING FEBRUARY 16; 1:30PM-4:30PM Colleen Foehrenbacher Cross-country skiing has been around for thousands of years and historically was an important means of winter transportation. Now, it is not only great exercise, but also an excellent way to observe the beauty of the winter landscape. Participants will learn the history of the sport, the correct fitting and usage of the equipment, and the etiquette of skiing, before gliding across the glistening snow on trails around a prairie. Skis, poles, and boots are provided. CLASS FEE: $35


UP CYCLE BLUE JEAN RUG FEBRUARY 17; 1PM-4:30PM Gretchen Engstrom Did that favorite pair of jeans wear out, but you just can’t seem to let them go? Now you don’t have to! Learn a simple technique to up-cycle old jeans into a durable and washable, eco-friendly rug. You can bring your own jeans or use what the instructor provides. No previous crafting skills required. CLASS FEE: $40

BEER BREWING BASICS FEBRUARY 17; 1PM-5PM Jeff Boland Back by popular demand for 2018! Would you like to make your favorite beverage in the comfort of your own home? I did, and I learned the hard way. I’ll teach you from my mistakes and you’ll make delicious beer for the very first time! This class is designed for adults (aged 21+) who have never home brewed before or have been unhappy with their first attempts. We will do all the basics in making a one gallon batch of ale: brewing, fermenting, sterilizing and bottling. Class will start with sampling and learning about beer ingredients. After a hands-on experience with making beer (brewing) you will get to take home some beer that you bottled. This class makes an excellent gift for the hard-to-shop for person. CLASS FEE: $40 MATERIALS FEE: $10

TURNING NATURAL EDGE BOWLS & PLATTERS WORKSHOP MARCH 10-11 TWO DAY WORKSHOP 9AM-5PM BOTH DAYS Duane Hill Learn how to turn a natural edge bowl and a small platter. Natural edge bowls are winged bowls with the bark still in place. Both projects are more advanced than the beginning bowl class. Some experience with bowl turning is required. Note: A suggested prerequisite for this class is the Wood Bowl Turning Workshop. Wood will be provided, but you are more than welcome to bring you own. You will need a full face shield. CLASS FEE: $125

SHIITAKE MUSHROOM CULTIVATION MARCH 24; 9AM-12NOON Joe Deden Are you interested in growing one of the most popular mushrooms consumed world-wide? This class helps you get started and sends you home with knowledge, handouts, and an inoculated shiitake log. You will learn how to select shiitake logs, choose spawn, use equipment, and more! Class begins with a presentation and then relocates to inoculate logs. Growing and marketing considerations will be discussed. CLASS FEE: $40

ENERGY BODY UNIQUE CONNECTION MARCH 10; 8AM-5PM Sue Betts This one day workshop will explore the energetic field that encases your body. This energy, called bio-energy or chi, is responsible for life as it fulfills your need for subtle energy. The vortexes existing in this energetic field are called chakras. The chakras act as points of connection between your physical and non-physical bodies, enabling energies to flow from one of these vehicles of manifestation to the other. They are the means by which we absorb energy from and give energy to the environment, and exchange energy with others; therefore, they form the core system through which we sustain our energy levels, vitality and health. Considering that our chakras are the energetic ‘devices’ through which we exchange and maintain our bioenergetic level and that the energies of our chakras can vary in quality, to have awareness of what is going on in your chakras is vital to your wellbeing. The last part of the class will focus on aligning your energies with positive intentions during an ancient ceremony known as “Despacho”. CLASS FEE: $75 MATERIALS FEE: $20 for book and supplies

MATERIALS FEE: $10 for an inoculated hardwood log.

Thank you for checking out our catalog! I hope to see you soon at one or more of our many unique classes. If you have an idea for a class or are interested in becoming an instructor, please feel free to contact me at skillsschool@eagle-bluff.org. Jennie Dieterman, Skills School Coordinator 17


Woodturning: P

A unique, useful and beautiful craft

erhaps you are wondering, The lathe is an ancient tool “What is woodturning?” that dates back to ancient Egypt, and whose anatomy has Woodturning is a unique form evolved greatly, yet many of of woodworking that uses a tool the main basic principles have called a lathe. In all other forms stayed the same. This machine of woodworking, the wood is still allows wood to be turned on and it is the tool that is moving its axis at high RPM’s in order to to create cuts. In woodturning, create a wide variety of objects the wood is turning and the including pens, hand tools, cutter is relatively stationary. rolling pins, spindles, furniture legs, urns, bowls, platters and Woodturning is accessible Christmas ornaments to name a few.

to most people, and compared to other types of woodworking, can require lesss machinery and tools. Woodturning is a very dynamic form of woodworking that allows for an incredible variety of outcomes. There are two main types of woodturning: spindle and faceplate turning. The main difference between spindle woodturning and faceplate woodturning is in regards to the direction of the wood’s grain in relation to the axis of the lathe. 18

What makes woodturning so fun and rewarding? In the digital age, so much of our work and daily lives can be far removed from the physical act of creation. Woodturning is a romantic art that returns to the roots, literally, to the wood that is formed by the seasons, and allows for a unique type of meditation that involves both mind and body. Woodturning is accessible to most people, and compared to other types of woodworking, can require less machinery and tools.

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“ I had never woodturned before I took this class. The instructor was very knowledgeable and patient. I enjoyed the hands-on work and taking home my first hand turned bowl. “

- wood bowl turning class participant

Content for this article was first published on roperwoodturning.com and reprinted and edited with permission from its author Michael Roper (pictured above).

To learn more about this craft, you can check out professional woodturner and author of this article, Michael Roper’s website at roperwoodturning.com. And if you’d like to try your hand at woodturning, join us for one of our several classes being held this fall and winter. Both beginner and advanced classes are being offered.


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Family Events! Through our family events, learners of all ages can grow and experience the natural world together. Trick or treat during Haunted High Ropes Take a hike in the snow during Candlelight Snowshoe Learn the ins and outs of maple syruping at Maple Syrup Fest Spend a weekend Becoming an Outdoors Family Visit us and make unforgettable memories with your loved ones in the great outdoors!

Steven Schmidt in Concert at Eagle Bluff October 21, 2017 - 8pm Steven J. Schmidt is a recipient of the 2017 Sally Irvine Ordway award for Commitment, recognizing lifetime achievement, contribution and leadership in the arts and/or culture. He is a Midwestern singer/ songwriter who has written over 200 songs, and each one is like a bottle of fine, bourbon barrel-aged stout. Steven is a highly skilled guitarist, who some refer to as “a folkie with chops�. He is noted for his fingerpicking, novel chord voicings, use of alternate tunings, and playing up-the-neck. More information is available online at eagle-bluff-skills-school.org. Engaging with passionate experts is one of the best ways to be a lifelong learner!

Dinners on the Bluff Through our Dinner on the Bluff Series, learn about environmental topics that connect communities and our natural world. Each dinner begins with an engaging presentation by noted speakers from around the country followed by a delicious gourmet meal. Treat yourself to an evening of great food and enlightened conversation.

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North Star Sled Dog Club

The resurgence of a long-lived sport with a rich history

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og sledding has played an important role throughout history, especially in the subarctic communities.

By Lissie Harter

leading to the extinction of dog-sledding by the mid20th century. However, this ancient sport has not only persisted but has also resurged in popularity.

Dogsledding continues Perhaps the most famous mushing event was the to play an important part 1925 serum run to Nome, in our society. It teaches Alaska where 20 mushers with 150 dogs raced the responsibility, leadership diphtheria anti-toxin 674 and cooperation. miles in 5.5 days through brutal subzero and blizzard In the early 1960s, one conditions to save the group of avid dog mushers people of Nome and the came together under the surrounding villages from leadership of Mable Hill, an endemic that would who is often considered the have killed 90-100% of the godmother of Minnesota population. However, with mushing, to start the North the end of WWII brought Star Sled Dog Club (NSSDC). new methods of transporting It initially started as casual items long distance over weekend, dogsledding artic terrain, such as snow excursions to Hill’s farm mobiles and aircraft resistant North of St Paul with their to cold temperatures, nearly Siberian husky teams. Toll Free 888.800.9558 (MN, WI or IA) or 507.467.2437 | eagle-bluff-skills-school.org

However, in 1965, it was officially recognized as a club by the State of Minnesota, and Don Gale became its first President. It sanctions races in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, and Ontario & Manitoba, Canada. The club is also part of several mushing and sled dog organizations, such as the International Sled Dog Racing Association (ISDRA). They release a quarterly journal, the Tugline, that includes articles related to dog sports, minutes of meetings, and upcoming events.


FUN FACTS NUMBERS A team of 12 dogs involves 48 booties, 24 wrist wraps, 48 foot massages, and 24 wrist massages. A good musher will spend 15-30 seconds to put on a booty for each foot. Since this is required for each checkpoint, and there may be 10 checkpoints a day, the musher could spend 2-4 hours each day putting on booties! The musher hardly sleeps if (s)he keeps a team of 12 dogs the entire race.

SKIJORING Left: Seppala with Team (The Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum, Nome, Alaska) ; Center: Joe Fessler, founder of Experience Sled Dogs, skijoring ; Right: Mabell Hill. Photo from NSSDC website, courtesy of Gene Lee ; Right Side Bar: Kate Crowley skiijors with her dog Sigurd. Photo by Mike Link.

Today, under the leadership of Allison Petell, it continues to grow. Every year the club hosts events such as the Winter Warrior Race and MidMinnesota Sled Race. In addition to creating places for mushers to come together to race and learn from each other, the North Star Sled Dog Club has a youth program designed to engage and mentor young people by providing guided material to work through and earn certificates. The goal of the program is to educate youth on proper care for their dogs, such as nutritional and socialization, to provide opportunities for them to experience all areas of dogsledding, not just the competition, and to give them an opportunity to get out there and have some fun.

leadership and cooperation. Dog sledding also promotes understanding and respect for the Inuit, the creators of dogsledding, and appreciation for history and other cultures. While dogsledding may no longer be needed for transportation of mail or medicine, it will continue to be part of our culture so long as we have the snow.

Dogsledding continues to play an important part in our society. It teaches responsibility,

Lissie Harter (pictured above) is a MN GreenCorps member serving at Eagle Bluff. She is passionate about environmental justice and working internationally with communities to help them become more sustainable.

If you are interested in getting involved in recreational dogsledding, visit nssdc.org or email Allison Petell at President@NSSDC.org.

Do you love skiing and have a dog that loves to run? Skijoring involves outfitting a dog with a dog sled harness and using a rope or towline to attach them to the skijoring harness worn by you.

DOG LINE UP Which position would you put your pooch? There are four positions: Lead, Swing, Wheel, and Team. The lead dog(s) need to be smart and obedient because they determine the path as they listen to the musher’s commands. They also need to be fast because they set the pace. The swing dogs help guide the team around turns and help set the pace. They can be trainees for the lead position and often have similar personality traits. The wheel dogs take the brunt of the weight, requiring them to be strong. The team dogs add power and speed to the dogsled, making steady and easy-going dogs the best for this position. 21 25


Class Policies EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

We offer two class registration rates: a discounted “early-bird” rate for those who register more than three weeks before a class begins (class fee listed in this catalog) and a “regular” rate (a $5 increase from listed prices) for those who register within three weeks of the class’s start date.

CLASS REGISTRATION

Register for a class online at eagle-bluff-skills-school.org or call (507)467-2437. Upon confirmation of registration, space in the selected course is reserved. Classes are intentionally kept small and may fill quickly, so registering as early as possible is encouraged. Registering at least 3 weeks prior to the class start date is advisable as classes without a minimum number of registrations, by the week prior to the class, may be cancelled.

WAITING LISTS

Eagle Bluff Skills School will keep a waiting list for all filled classes. Individuals on the waiting list are contacted only if space becomes available.

CANCELLATIONS

If Eagle Bluff must cancel a class, participants will receive a full refund. Class cancellations are typically made no later than 1 week out from the scheduled class date. Participants who cancel their registration more than 14 days prior to the class start date will receive a full refund. Those who cancel their registration 14 to 8 days prior to the class start date will receive a 50% refund of the total registration and materials fee, to cover administrative costs. Participants who cancel their registration 7 days or less prior to the class are not eligible for a refund.

AGE

Classes are open to those ages 16 and older. A fully enrolled adult is required to attend with participants younger than 18. In some instances, the instructor may choose to open the class up to younger participants, this is noted in our class descriptions.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

In the operation of Eagle Bluff Skills School programs, no individual or group will be discriminated against because of race, gender, national origin, age or disability.

PETS

Eagle Bluff skills School is responsible for assuring the health and safety of all participants. In keeping with this goal, we do not allow participants to bring their pets to class, unless specified by the instructor to do so (as part of the class). For more information concerning our policies, please visit our course policies page on our website at eagle-bluff-skills-school.org.

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Enjoy our campus and home in southeast Minnesota’s bluff country Eagle Bluff Skills School is based at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, located west of Lanesboro, Minnesota on the Root River. Lodging for Skills School students is readily available in the area. Ample recreational opportunities in the area exist for family members and extended stays.

Surrounding Communities

LEARN MORE Chatfield, Minnesota ci.chatfield.mn.us Harmony, Minnesota exploreharmony.com Lanesboro, Minnesota lanesboro.com Mabel, Minnesota cityofmabel.com Peterson, Minnesota petersonmn.org Preston, Minnesota prestonmntourism.com Rushford, Minnesota rushfordpetersonvalley.com Spring Valley, Minnesota springvalleyminnesotatourism.com

LODGING

Our surrounding communities offer a variety of lodging options and are just a few miles away. Stay at area bed and breakfast establishments, resorts or hotels.

FOOD

Eagle Bluff Skills School students are welcome to bring a lunch. A refrigerator is available for use. Coffee, tea, and water are complimentary during onsite classes. If you choose to leave campus for lunch, nearby Lanesboro is home to a variety of restaurants.

CAMPING

Choose one of Lanesboro’s two municipal campgrounds, nearby Forestville State Park, or one of many private campgrounds in the area.

RECREATION

If you love the outdoors, this is your place! Eagle Bluff’s campus features nine miles of hiking trails that loop from Root River to bluff tops to tall grass prairie. River canoeing, kayaking, hiking, bicycling, birding, golfing, and fishing are favorite local activities. Eagle Bluff’s campus is also known for scenic ropes courses with scheduled public sessions in the summer months.

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From the East: • Take State Highway 16 to Lanesboro. • Go north on Highway 250 (Parkway Ave) for about 1/2 mile until you are approaching downtown. • Turn left on County Road 8 (Between Root River Outfitters and Mrs. B’s Inn) and travel 2 miles. • Follow brown directional signs to turn right on County Road 21 (blacktop) and travel 1 1/4 miles. • Turn right on Goodview Drive (gravel) and travel 2 1/2 miles to the Eagle Bluff Campus.

From the North, South, or West: • Take Highway 52 to Fountain. • In Fountain follow brown directional signs to turn east on County Road 8 and travel 7 miles. • Turn left on County Road 21 (blacktop) and travel 1 1/4 miles. • Turn right on Goodview Drive (gravel) and travel 2 1/2 miles to the Eagle Bluff Campus. Coursebook design | NewGround, Inc. | OnNewGround.com

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